The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 2, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 2, 2014



Virgil Ray Shepherd

Virgil Ray Shepherd, 83, of Clear Fork, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Gary Walker officiating.

He will be laid to rest in the Roberts Cemetery, Pads Fork. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.


Kenny Ray Slone

Kenny Ray Slone, 61, of Lashmeet, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.


Donald Gene Toler

Donald Gene Toler, 76, of Brenton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

A celebration of Donald’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Toler and Lyons Cemetery, Brenton.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service.

Online guest book may be signed at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Toler family.


John Dale White

John “Johnny, Jo-Jo” Dale White, 62, of Princeton died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital following a short illness.

Born Nov. 18, 1951 in Princeton, he was the son of the late John J. White and Ruby Eastburn White.

Johnny was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend who will greatly missed by all fortunate enough to have known him. He was a former coal miner who felt most at home on a coal loader. He worked for Peabody Coal Company and Bluestone Coal Corporation and dedicated the majority of his life to the UMWA and loved every minute.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years Juanita French White and an infant daughter, Leslie Adrian White and fiancée, Rita Walker.

Left to cherish his memory include his children, Laura Ashley White Nelson and husband Jason of Beckley, John Aubrey White and wife Lindsay-Ream White of Twilight, and Samantha Grace White of Princeton and her boyfriend, Kenny Williams of Wolf Creek, Va.; the one who held the key to his heart, his granddaughter, Leah Adrian Nelson; siblings, Jimmy White, Sara Burton and husband Tommy of Princeton, Debbie Belcher and husband Allen of Rocky Mount, Va. and his dearest friends, Roger and Reba Wright of Princeton.

Funeral Services to celebrate the life of Johnny White will be conducted Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 3 p.m. from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with his special friend Roger Wright speaking.

Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, January 2, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The White family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

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